from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Calmness in the face of suffering and adversity; forbearance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Patience or tolerance in the face of adversity; forbearance, long-suffering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Disposition to bear injuries patiently; forbearance; patience.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Long-suffering; patience; endurance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence


Middle English longanimite, from Old French, from Late Latin longanimitās, from longanimis, patient : Latin longus, long; see longitude + Latin animus, mind, reason; see anə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin longanimitātem, from longanimus, translating Ancient Greek μακροθυμία. (Wiktionary)


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